Virginia P. Wilson

GUSTAVUS — Virginia P. Wilson, 84, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

She was born Sept. 15, 1932, in Swissvale, Pa., a daughter of George and Bessie Dickson Mayer.

A longtime resident of Gustavus, Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker and active in her church and children’s school. She was a founding member of the Gustavus Elementary School Parent organization, P.I.E., where she helped organize many activities and start the Christmas corner.

She served as a Sunday school teacher for many years at the Gustavus Federated Church and she was a past member of the Gustavus Church Ladies Guild. She currently had been a member of the Cherry Valley First Church of God.

Mrs. Wilson loved to play her piano and organ and watch game shows on television. She also enjoyed crocheting, baking and playing slot machines.

Mrs. Wilson married Craig E. Wilson Sr. on July 17, 1951, and he preceded her in death on June 20, 2015. She also was preceded by her parents;  her daughter, Ellen Marie Wilson; two brothers, George and Raymond Mayer; and three sisters, Esther Dill, Ethel Horst and Bessie Mae Mayer.

She is survived by her children, Karen (Phil) Ryder of Newport, N.C., Joyce (Gary) Morrison of Cherry Valley, Craig (Vicki) Wilson Jr. of Gustavus, Kenny (Carol) Wilson of Gustavus, Dale Wilson of Kinsman, John (Jill) Wilson of Gustavus, Debbie (Brad) Masters of Gustavus, Lisa (Victor) Doran of Maple Park, Ill., and Leslie (Gene) Trask of Southington; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and one sister, Margaret “Peg” Dreshman of Munhall, Pa.

Private services will be held for the family. Burial of cremated remains will take place in Gustavus Cemetery.

Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main St.,Kinsman, handled arrangements with an online guestbook available at

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